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The effect of low ground pressure and controlled traffic farming systems on soil properties and crop development for 3 tillage systems (Part IV)

Research Office

Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  As per advert
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Up to 36 months
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Monday 08 March 2021
Reference:  RD-PHD-49PM

PhD Studentship (three years)

Agriculture and Environment Department and Engineering Department



Project Background:


The reduced need and intensity of tillage where compaction is avoided improves soil condition and soil function, and helps protect organic matter in stable aggregates, which may otherwise be exposed and oxidized. Given that the Harper Adams University (HAU) Traffic and Tillage long-term large field experiment has been established for 9 years, the aspects of C sequestration in soil will be investigated for 3 tillage (deep, shallow, zero) and 3 traffic (Controlled Traffic Farming, Low and Standard Tyre Pressure) systems. This experiment will be used to investigate the effect of different traffic and tillage systems on soil C sequestration and SOM from a unique experiment that has been running for >9 years, in an area where long-term field experiments are still lacking. 


Project Aim:


To determine the effect of Controlled Traffic Farming, Low and Standard Tyre Pressure Systems factorialised with deep, shallow and no-till tillage systems on the soil environment concentrating on the wider environmental factors with a major focus on soil carbon (C) dynamics and C sequestration at the long-term traffic and tillage experimental site at HAU, U.K.


This project will give the student training and experience in research methods relating to soil health, soil science and agronomy as well as experience of the technical challenges relating to commercial crop production. In this project the student will also get gain a good understanding of novel advanced soil and mechanisation management systems.


Harper Adams University (HAU) has the above research studentship available jointly in the Agriculture and Environment Department and Engineering Department.  The project is funded by The Douglas Bomford Trust and The Morley Agricultural Foundation with in-kind industry support.


Applications should be made through the HAU website: https://jobs.harper-adams.ac.uk/ where further details of the project can also be found.

The deadline for uploading completed applications is 5 pm UK time on Monday, 8 March 2021. 

Further information can be found on the HAU website at www.harper-adams.ac.uk and on the research training provided and PhD progression requirements in the Postgraduate Research Students Handbook at: 

https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/documents//MPhil-PhD-Handbook.pdf


For informal enquiries on general aspects of research degrees at HAU, applicants may contact Mrs Heather Hogan (hhogan@harper-adams.ac.uk). For informal enquiries on the project, applicants may contact the Director of Studies: Dr Paula Misiewicz (pmisiewicz@harper-adams.ac.uk). 


The studentship includes tuition, bench and writing up fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£15,560 per annum).


All applicants must have a minimum of an upper second-class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Soil Science, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography or related areas and an MSc degree in the same areas.  Strong interest / background in Biogeochemistry, Nutrient/carbon cycles and modelling are essential. Additionally, knowledge of farming systems is required.  A good working knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis software would be an advantage but could be provided if required.  This project will give training and experience in practical methods of soil biology assessment techniques.  


A high level of competency in English is required. Where necessary, applicants need to be classed as an overall IELTS grade 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.  Please see the following link with regard to English Language requirements:

https://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/university-life/international/english-language.cfm

Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector.

With 2800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange

Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. Its current graduate employment rate is 98% (the joint top rating in England) and student satisfaction stands at 93% (National Student Survey 2017).

Harper Adams is ranked as the UK’s Best Modern University by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; was named University of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and holds a Gold (highest level) award from the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2018 Harper Adams University received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the UK honours system.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. 


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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector.

With 2800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange

Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. Its current graduate employment rate is 98% (the joint top rating in England) and student satisfaction stands at 93% (National Student Survey 2017).

Harper Adams is ranked as the UK’s Best Modern University by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; was named University of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and holds a Gold (highest level) award from the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2018 Harper Adams University will receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the UK honours system.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. 


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